Watkins Glen II: GM Racing race report

GAINSCO Pontiac Wins At The Glen ...

GAINSCO Pontiac Wins At The Glen #SunTrust Pontiac Second, Tied For Points Lead

The No. 99 GAINSCO Pontiac powered Daytona Prototype (DP) driven by Jon Fogarty and Alex Gurney won the Crown Royal 200 at Watkins Glen and round 12 of the Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series presented by Crown Royal Special Reserve this evening. For the GAINSCO duo it is their sixth win on the season. In second place was the No. 10 SunTrust Pontiac placing driver Max Angelelli in a tie for the championship lead.

Starting from the pole position, their ninth on the season and Pontiac's twelfth, Fogarty and Gurney never looked back. The No. 99 Pontiac made the two-hour sprint at The Glen look easy. With 10 laps remaining a caution flag gave their pursuers a chance to close-up, but Gurney was able to hold off the pack to secure the team's sixth win, tying the all time Grand-Am single season win record. The two are just four points out of the championship lead.

"The restarts really helped," Gurney said. "The car was really good. It was a perfect weekend for the GAINSCO team. I was worried with the 10 and 01 being behind me. Those guys are good drivers. After the first restart I had a lot of confidence in the car and was able to maintain a gap. Traffic was a little tough on the short course, but we negotiated the slow cars and brought it home for the win. We still need to keep the pressure on and win the last two races."

Taking second place was the No. 10 SunTrust Pontiac driven by Memo Gidley and Max Angelelli. The finish was not easy, both drivers had on track contact. Gidley had a moment with the No. 31 car on lap 10 and then Angelelli with the 75 with just one lap remaining. This incident could have cost Angelelli a championship.

"I was really mad when I got out of the car," Angelelli said. "It really made me angry when he went around me. I just couldn't stand for that and I went into turn one and passed him back. He spun after that and I think that was his just reward. We had the best car that we have had all year. I was able to gain a little on the No. 99, but just could not get a run on him. We are tied for the points lead now, which is great for the whole team."

Sharing the front row on the start was the No. 75 of Krohn Racing Pontiac of Nic Jonsson and Colin Braun. Jonsson was able to keep the green car at the front. On the pit stop Braun took over and was running strongly in third. On the penultimate lap he passed the No. 10 into turn 10, causing a rage in Agnelelli who retook the position into turn one. Unfortunately there was contact and the 75 spun and ended up in 11th place.

"I got a good run on the 10 into turn 10 and made the pass," Braun said. "I guess that angered him and he came back with a vengeance into turn one. We had contact, he got bye and finished second. I thought we could get the Krohn car in second place. It was getting better the more laps that we put on it and the front guys were coming back to me. Too bad it had to finish that way. The Krohn team deserved a better result today."

Marc Goosens and Jim Matthews had another strong run in their No. 91 Riley-Matthews Pontiac Riley, finishing the day in fourth. Goosens had a strong car until the last few laps when the clutch started to go costing him time off of the corners.

"I lost the clutch with three laps to go," Goosens said. "That really ended any chance that we had for a podium finish. We had a good car up until that point, just like we did last week in Montreal. Jim did a good job at the start and I was able to get in and make my way to the front. This race was a half-hour shorter than our usual races, I could have used those extra 30-minutes."

-credit: bsr

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Nic Jönsson
Teams Krohn Racing